# How close can ground rods be to each other?

## How close can ground rods be to each other?

The Code requires you to space rods at least 6 feet apart [250.53(B)]. However, this spacing is a minimum — and far from ideal. When using the typical 8-foot or 10-foot ground rod, you get the best results by spacing the rods at least 16 or 20 feet apart, respectively.

What happens if ground rods are too close together?

If one ground rod is placed near another, the current from one ground rod will increase the electric potential of the other, thus making it a less effective sink for current.

### Do we ever use 2 ground rods on a single service?

No. The requirement is 2 rods spaced at least six feet apart unless you can prove one rod will turn less than 25 ohms resistance. That is all the requirement is. Run all the extras you want, the requirement for rods is two unless there is less than 25 ohms on one rod.

Can grounding rods be under concrete?

(A) Accessibility. All mechanical elements used to terminate a grounding electrode conductor or bonding jumper to a grounding electrode shall be accessible. Exception No. 1: An encased or buried connection to a concrete-encased, driven, or buried grounding electrode shall not be required to be accessible.

## Can you have too many ground rods?

There is no maximum number of ground rods allowable. The maximum required is two unless certain complex electrical tests show you can get by with just one.

Where does the ground rod wire go?

Connect the grounding electrode conductor to the ground bus.

1. In some cases, the ground wires will be connected to the ground bus and the neutral wires are connected to the neutral bus.
2. You need to be very careful when you are doing any work in an electrical panel.

### Does a sub panel need its own ground rod?

Yes. ALL sub-panels in detached buildings require at least one, and sometimes two, grounding electrodes, aka ground rods.

Are ground rods necessary?

A fundamental component of safety and protection for your business and/or home’s electrical system is proper grounding. For this reason, one or more ground rods are required on your property by the National Electrical Code (NEC) and local building codes.

## Can a grounding rod be in concrete?

Where to put grounding rods in a building?

There is no requirement for how close or far from a building they should go, but be sure to pick a spot that is convenient to get to and where you will have space to use tools to drive the rod into the ground. If a grounding rod is too close to a building foundation, it could interfere with it.

### What’s the difference between copper and zinc ground rods?

The Dirt On Ground Rods. Copper-bonded ground rods are coated with copper to a thickness of 10 mils or .010 inches. It is the thickness and type of material coating that primarily determines the rod’s corrosion resistance and service life. In essence, we are comparing zinc to copper and 3.9 mils to 10.0 mils.

What makes ground rods easier to drive in hard soil?

Although larger diameter ground rods do not have an appreciably lower ground resistance value, they do have a larger steel core that makes them easier to drive in harder soil by providing extra rigidity.

## Are there any galvanized ground rods on the market?

Recently, UL-listed galvanized ground rods have shown up in the market. You may have wondered why now and what does this mean?

02/01/2020